The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

High School Sports

March 8, 2013

St. Joseph to play for 5th straight title

CHARLESTON — Mychal Johnson has St. Joseph back in a familiar spot.

Johnson scored 23 points to lead St. Joseph to a 63-31 win over Tucker County in the Class A semifinals Friday.

Top-seeded St. Joseph (24-1) can earn its record fifth consecutive Class A championship on Saturday against No. 3 St. Marys.

St. Joseph is tied with the Mercer Christian teams that won titles from 1999-2002. Summers County in Class AA holds the all-classes mark for consecutive crowns with five from 2007-2011.

Mychelle Johnson and Griffin Dempsey had 12 points apiece for St. Joseph.

Fourth-seeded Tucker County (20-6), trying to reach the championship game for the first time since winning three straight titles from 1996-98, committed 32 turnovers.

TUCKER COUNTY (20-6)

Simmons 1-2 0-0 2, Radford 0-0 0-0 0, Ambrose 4-8 0-0 8, Betler 2-13 2-4 6, Evans 3-13 2-2 9, Kachmarek 1-2 2-2 4, Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Bowley 0-0 0-0 0, Snyder 0-0 0-0 0, Mullenax 0-2 0-0 0, Bonner 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 11-43 8-10 31.

ST. JOSEPH (24-1)

Dempsey 4-12 0-0 12, Mychal Johnson 9-16 5-5 23, Mychelle Johnson 6-10 0-0 12, R.Lee 3-9 0-0 7, Petitte 3-14 1-2 7, Jenkins 0-0 0-0 0, Ch.Gale 0-0 0-3 0, B.Lee 0-3 0-0 0, De.Disu 0-0 0-0 0, Anderson 1-3 0-0 2, Jeffrey 0-2 0-0 0, Ca.Gale 0-0 0-0 0, Di.Disu 0-0 0-0 0, Parker 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-71 6-10 63.

Tucker County    13    6    5    7    —    31

St. Joseph    16    23    20    4    —    63

3-Point Goals—Tucker County 1-11 (Evans 1-4, Mullenax 0-2, Betler 0-5), St. Joseph 5-22 (Dempsey 4-8, R.Lee 1-3, Anderson 0-1, B.Lee 0-2, Mychal Johnson 0-2, Mychelle Johnson 0-3, Petitte 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Tucker County 38 (Betler, Evans 9), St. Joseph 41 (R.Lee 9). Assists—Tucker County 7 (Betler 3, St. Joseph 15 (Mychal Johnson 6). Total Fouls—Tucker County 8, St. Joseph 11. A—3,000 (early session).

 

St. Marys 45, Wheeling Central 43

CHARLESTON (AP) — Freshman Ashley Hall scored six of her eight points in the final 3 minutes to lead St. Marys to a 45-43 comeback win over Wheeling Central in the girls Class A semifinals Friday.

Third-seeded St. Marys (25-1) returns to the championship game for the third time in four seasons. It lost to St. Joseph in 2010 and 2011.

Haley Everett’s only basket of the game gave St. Marys the lead for good, 41-39, with 42 seconds left.

Hall made four free throws in the final 28 seconds to help preserve the win.

St. Marys’ Kendra Walker had 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Audra Clark had 15 points before fouling out.

Emily Bucon had 19 points and 14 rebounds for second-seeded Wheeling Central (22-5).

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